CHILDREN OF THE MORNING. London: Chapman & Hall Ld., 1926. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-246 [247-248: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original red cloth, spine panel stamped in black, bottom edge rough trimmed. First edition. The author's posthumous last novel, a story about a group of children growing up without adults on a deserted island, and their discovery of sex, violence, superstition and agriculture. "The story contrasts sharply with the romantic Robinsonades so fashionable in the nineteenth century, and provides a remarkable anticipation of William Golding's classic LORD OF THE FLIES." - Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain, 1890-1950, p. 252. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-30. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s, 334. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 149. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 179. Bleiler (1978), p. 81. Reginald 05888. A bit of scattered foxing, mostly early and late, a very good copy in good pictorial dust jacket (illustrated by Eric R. Parker) with chipping at spine ends and corner tips and a large chip along top edge of front panel with loss of part of the title lettering. This book is far scarcer than it's American counterpart and it is rarely found in the jacket. (#151311).
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